SONY DSCClad in bright yellow shirts, Centenary College students descended on the Highland Center Monday armed with paper towels, mops and most importantly, energy.

As part of their first annual World House Service Day, they gave the LightHouse a thorough cleaning just in time for the start of the program year.

World Houses are residence halls focused on a certain theme such as peace, sustainability and social justice. Students from the social justice house took their efforts to the Highland Center.

“It lets you get to know people and do something for other people instead of just yourself,” said sophomore Haley Zuniga.

All of the incoming freshmen and their residence assistants were required to take part. Regina Price, a junior, was helping lead the group at the Highland Center.

SONY DSC“It’s important that we get out and show the community we care,” she said. “For the freshman, a lot are new to Shreveport and it’s important for them to give back to the community.”

Freshmen arrived over the weekend, and classes start on Wednesday. This was a great way to transition to a new city and a new life, said Uma Tadikonda, a freshman from Monroe.

“It’s nice to volunteer,” she said. “Most people don’t think about it, but it’s a good way to start the year.”

As they finished up, the floors and windows shone and the hallway smelled fresh and ready for a new year.

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